Our brain injury lawyers at Abrams Trial Law are familiar with the short- and long-term consequences these injuries can cause. We help victims and their families understand the future expenses and losses they face and aggressively pursue compensation from the responsible party. If you or a loved one now lives with a brain injury due to another person’s negligent actions, contact our Dallas, TX law firm today.
Brain injuries occur when the skull undergoes some level of blunt force. In extreme, high impact cases, the force may be strong enough to break the skull and send a piece of bone into the brain tissue. In low-impact cases, the force may be just enough to cause the brain to move inside the skull and cause injury when it bumps against the hard surface of the bone. Regardless of how the injury occurs, a brain injury can be devastating, both physically and financially speaking.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Statistics
Brain injuries are rarely talked about, but they are a common and costly problem. Below are a few brain injury statistics worth noting:
7 million individuals sustain a brain injury each year
275,000 individuals require hospitalization because of their brain injuries
In Texas alone, there are 144,000 new cases ofTBI
3 million Americans currently live with a TBI-related disability, 380,000 of which live in Texas
Each year, another 5,000 or so individuals become permanently disabled because of a TBI
The majority (53 percent) of brain injuries are the result of motor vehicle accidents. Nearly one quarter occur because of falls, and another 12 percent are the result of intentional assault
The Cost of TBIs
Because every person’s brain responds differently to stimuli, it is difficult to place an exact price on a brain injury. The emotional cost aside, the monetary cost of a brain injury varies significantly.
However, Brain and Spinal Cord.org estimate that the lifetime cost of a mild head injury is $85,000; a moderate injury costs approximately $941,000; and a severe injury costs $3 million.
BrainandSpinalCord.org also estimates that traumatic brain injuries cost the United States $48.3 billion annually, $31.7 billion of which is spent on hospitalization costs and $16.6 billion of which goes towards expenses associated with fatalities.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that rehabilitation and acute care for brain injuries costs the U.S. another $9 to $10 billion. These numbers do not take into consideration indirect expenses with which families and individuals must learn to deal with, such as lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and loss of services.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
As we already noted above, brain injuries manifest differently in individuals. However, many individuals living with TBI exhibit the following symptoms:
Nausea and/or vomiting
Feelings of confusion or disorientation
Fatigue, drowsiness, and/or interrupted sleep
Dizziness and loss of balance
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Sensory changes (bad taste in the mouth, altered ability to smell, feeling sensitive to light or sound)
Difficulty concentrating or remembering
Feelings of anxiety or depression
These symptoms occur in mild, moderate, and severe TBI cases. Moderate to severe TBI cases may also cause seizures, convulsions, inability to wake from sleeping, extreme confusion, slurred speech, changes in levels of awareness, and other alarming symptoms.
Many symptoms of brain injury develop slowly over time, which is why it is imperative that if you were involved in an accident in which you received trauma to the head, you get medical attention immediately. You should also monitor your health and behavior in the weeks and months following the incident.
Contact An Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one lives with a TBI or other type of brain injury caused by another person’s or entity’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your harm. Contact Abrams Trial Law to request a free consultation with our experienced attorneys today.
REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION
Please fill out the form below if you would like to schedule a free initial consultation.